Campus: CSU Long Beach -- April 8, 2005
Professor at California State University, Long Beach Receives
Gold Disk Award from Computer-Using Educators, Inc. for Contributions to
Technology in Learning
Lesley Farmer, a professor in the Educational Psychology, Administration and
Counseling Department at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), has been
honored by Computer-Using Educators, Inc. (CUE) as this year's recipient of its
Gold Disk Award.
Founded in 1978, CUE is a non-profit California corporation whose goal is to
promote the integration of technology in the classroom in all disciplines and at
all education levels from preschool through college. With a membership of more
than 7,000 active educational professionals, CUE is one of the largest organizations
of its type in the country.
The Gold Disk is CUE's oldest recognition program, and the award recognizes
outstanding and sustained achievement in educational technology for teaching and
education as well as substantial contributions to the association.
"It's a real honor to be selected for the Gold Disk Award. It is a rare honor
from a nationally regarded organization," noted Farmer, who is the third CSULB
faculty member -- along with the College of Education's Jean Casey and Ann Lathrop
-- to be so recognized. "I hope the impact of this award is the recognition of
the kind of people who run our library media program."
She feels she was recognized, in part, for her recent creation of a series of
videotapes and Web-based resources promoting information literacy done in
partnership with KOCE-TV and the Orange County Department of Education. She also
has authored nearly 20 books.
Farmer writes for both library educators and educational practitioners. "My core
audiences are those school library media teachers who want to do a better job, be
it collaborating with the school community to incorporate technology or helping
students become information literate," she pointed out.
Most recently, Farmer gave a workshop on "Produced with Producer!" at the 2005
CUE Conference in Palm Springs. She spoke on "Now You See It! Visual Literacy in
the Digital Age" and "Fast and Easy Teacher Tools." She also served on the
conference planning committee and chaired the Library Media Educators Special
Interest Group (SIG).
As a longtime member of the International Association of School Librarians and
chair of their information literacy committee, Farmer has been invited by the
IASL Vice-President (SIGs) at Hong Kong University to visit the famed Chinese
campus to teach and serve as an external evaluator for their program.
Farmer received her bachelor of arts in English from Whitman College and her
master's in library science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
She served in Tunisia as a member of the Peace Corps before receiving her
doctorate from Temple University in Philadelphia in 1981. She joined Virginia
Commonwealth University and later worked for 15 years as a K-12 library media
teacher and as an adjunct faculty at San Jose State University.
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